Eat your way across America’s comfort food region, one bus stop at a time
We’ve put together a sampler menu from the state renowned for its hospitality…
Any good road trip needs good food. And food is something South Texas does very, very well. With the Mexican border on one side, the Gulf of Mexico on the other, and a mix of cultures in between, you'll get everything from authentic Tex-Mex and chic burger trucks, to the freshest coastal seafood. One thing’s for sure – a warm and hearty meal will be waiting for you (and never far from a Greyhound stop).
1December in Austin
A Holiday Wonderland
December 2nd | 5:00pm
The first Saturday in December Austinites hit downtown to stroll into the holiday spirit at the annual Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll. Gather up your family and friends to enjoy live music, photos with Santa, and family friendly events starting as early as 5pm. The event’s schedule featuring so many activities, from ornament making to a petting zoo, followed by the Capitol Christmas Tree lighting at 7pm and ending with the Downtown Stroll at 9pm. The event is free to the public and is held in Downtown Austin on Congress Avenue from 9th-11th St.
Address: Congress Avenue from 9th-11th St
December 9th - 23rd | 7:00 - 10:00pm
The Austin Trail of Lights Event is a 52-year running tradition and the 2nd largest event ran by the city of Austin with over 400,000 attendees every year. The event showcases the city’s unique character and culture with food, family, music, and fun for all during the holiday season. No need to rush to try and make this event, it’s open for 15 days and every day will feature more than 40 displays, 2 million lights, the best food trucks Austin has to offer, and plenty of entertainment. Start planning your visit https://austintrailoflights.org/the-event.
Address: 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
December 31st | 10:00pm
Enjoy the last moments of 2017 with your loved ones at the family-friendly Austin New Year at Vic Mathias Shores. The event kicks off at 3p.m. with 4 stages, 22 bands, fire dancers, food trucks, and so many fun things to do, at 10:00p.m. the event will come to a close, but with a grand finale of fireworks. What’s the best part? No cover charge, this event is open and free to the public.
Address: 900 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704
A weird and wonderful mash up of BBQ, Tex-Mex and food truck favorites.
The cuisine in Austin lives up to the city’s motto ‘Keep Austin Weird’ with its array of quirky food trucks. You can get a ball of cake on a stick at The Holy Cacao, a doughnut with cream cheese and chips at Gourdough’s, and a chicken, shrimp and avocado wrap covered in crushed cornflakes at the Mighty Cone.
If it’s an all-day breakfast you want (and we’re talking 24/7), Magnolia Café is the place to be; and if you’re a coffee connoisseur, pay a visit to Jo’s and grab yourself a bag of their house blend. Fancy a beer or two? Head to the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., where you can try a range of beers (all brewed on site) including the Superliner and Big Mama Red.
A culinary hotspot, where the city's master chefs get adventurous with authentic cuisines.
San Antonio is home to the foodies’ CIA – that is, the Culinary Institute of America, a world-renowned culinary college. It hosts loads of events, like weekly farmers markets, and has an in-house restaurant serving up fabulously presented, authentic Latin American cuisine that San Antonio is known for.
With the CIA attracting top chefs, there's no shortage of innovative eating experiences. The menus here are as diverse as the venues – like luxury sandwiches in a shipping container, five star food trucks, or Farm-to-table Mexican in a tiny railroad car. In San Antonio, comfort food has ditched the sweatpants and put on some fancy heels – it looks as good as it tastes.
A tiny desert town with a big reputation, and an even bigger appetite for quirky cuisine.
This tiny town of just 2,000 people has a worldwide reputation as a contemporary art Mecca. But in recent years, its creative, slightly offbeat cuisine has been stealing the spotlight – with the likes of New York Times and Vanity Fair running foodie features on Marfa.
There are food trucks galore, including the famous Food Shark, featuring the famous "marfalafels" on the eclectic, daily menu full of hearty goodies. Or Frama Laundry & Lattes – where you can get your caffeine fix, while waiting for your dirty laundry to turn clean. In fact, most foodie spots in Marfa have a weird (and wonderful) side to them. Enjoy!
Here, you can get it all – markets, food trucks, Tex-Mex and fresh coastal seafood.
If you like farmers markets, you’ll love Houston. Check out Eastside or City Hall farmers market, both with an abundance of street food like breakfast tacos, crepes and delicious Indian dishes (some truly authentic and others with a Texas twist).
And if you like seafood, you'll love Houston even more. Its coastal location also means the seafood is fresh, affordable and never too far. Like Tommy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar with a longstanding reputation for... you guessed it, oysters. But if comfort food to you means meaty and greasy, check out Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack, which has been serving buffalo burgers for over 25 years... at its unique location under a highway overpass. Now that makes for a great travel story (and photos)!